Achieving High-Performance through Interoperable Building Information

06/27/2011 |


At the BOMA 2011 International Conference and The Every Building Show, presenters Henry L. Green, Dana K. Smith, Bob Clarke, and Birgitta Foster held a session on achieving high-performance through interoperable building information.

Couldn’t make the conference? Check out the vital stats and key takeaways from this presentation –


  • Henry L. Green, Hon.AIA—President, National Institute of Building Sciences (moderator)
  • Dana K. “Deke” Smith, FAIA—Executive Director, buildingSMART alliance, National Institute of Building Sciences
  • Bob Clarke—U.S. Department of State
  • Birgitta Foster BSME, MBA - Sandia National Laboratory

Key Takeaways:

  • The realization of high-performance buildings requires the use of tools like building information modeling (BIM) across the full building life-cycle—not just for design and construction.
  • Important to the widespread utilization of BIM over a building’s life cycle is an open and interoperable format (National BIM Standard – US)
  • Waste and non-value added effort within the building industry is no longer acceptable
  • The objective of the Specifiers’ Properties Information Exchange (SPie) is to create a digital format to export manufacturers’ product data that can be easily referenced by designers, specifiers, builders, owners, and operators.
  • The Construction Operations Building Information Exchange (COBie) is already providing a format for the life-cycle capture and delivery of information needed by facility managers.
  • The U.S. Department of State is implementing COBie within their facilities; the implementation strategy being utilized will be shared.
  • With current BIM applications, we now have advanced design tools, which create 3D visualization with building information databases.
  • While BIM is currently demonstrating significant savings in the construction phase with better coordinated drawings by reducing RFI’s and schedules, the ultimate benefits will go to the owner who will reap the benefits over the 50+ year life of a well designed and maintained facility.

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